Power cut extended by one-hour Sunday and Monday across Egypt

Ahram Online , Monday 24 Jun 2024

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy and the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources announced that the duration of power cuts nationwide will be extended by one hour on Sunday and Monday.

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File Photo: The Zamalek neighborhood of Cairo, during a power short cut, in Egypt. AP

 

In a joint statement, the ministries noted that the load-shedding system will return to its previous schedule starting Tuesday.

Both ministries pointed out that the extension added to the rolling power cuts across Egypt will be observed amid the increasing average electricity usage due to rising temperatures and the increased consumption of energy-generating gas.

According to the statement, the extra hour is needed to maintain the operational efficiency of the national electricity transmission and natural gas networks.

In May, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly directed the ministers of electricity and petroleum to develop a plan to stop the load-shedding power cuts no later than November or December 2024.

Madbouly also noted that this would require resources to obtain sufficient petroleum.

The premier also assigned the Electricity Minister to prepare a four-year plan to gradually adjust electricity prices, while ensuring subsidies to lower-income households.

However, he emphasised that the state cannot indefinitely sustain the increasing costs of such subsidies.

Scheduled power cuts resumed in April after a brief pause for the holy month of Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr vacation.

The load-shedding programme began in July 2023 to ease the growing strain on the country's gas network caused by rising temperatures and increased air conditioning usage.

In October 2023, the Egyptian government extended the duration of the daily power cuts, driven by increasing temperatures and a decline in gas imports.

In January 2024, the cabinet announced it would restrict power cuts to morning hours during the mid-year exams season for the benefit of students.

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